Despite the “retro rage” or the mix-and-match ideas for kitchen cabinetry and countertops that are being described on top design websites, some practical ideas still win out for most people considering a kitchen remodel. Here’s our take on the trends for 2013 in kitchen remodeling, based on our customers’ preferences and requests:
- Wood floors in kitchens will continue to increase in popularity and even be preferable over ceramic tile. Wood floors are warmer, more comfortable and easier on the legs and feet.
- Granite and solid surface materials will be in demand, especially in higher end homes.
- Open kitchens that unify other spaces will continue to be trendsetters. Getting rid of that never-used dining room to make the kitchen bigger is a remodeling effort better than an addition, and more cost-effective, too.
- More kitchen remodeling projects will include new cabinetry. You practically live in your kitchen, so cabinetry needs to be efficient – both in layout and in storage. Get rid of older cabinets or builder-grade cabinetry and remodel with space-efficient cabinets that have features like cupboards with pull-out drawers, corner cabinets with lazy susans and no blind corners. Plan for 48-inch tall cabinets and eliminate the wasted space of bulkheads. That extra top shelf is ideal for storing items you use only once or twice a year.
- Efficient pantry cabinets that allow lots of storage space can add to an already attractive kitchen and create even a more spacious feeling.
- More lighting – from task lighting to track lighting – will continue to be important. While dimmers can add atmosphere, good lighting simply makes the kitchen more functional.